February 2024 News Bulletin

A few new things and some old.

The newest – we need a Treasurer. Ross is leaving us and heading to the South Coast. He holds down several positions but the one we would like to fill ASAP is that of honorary treasurer. Do you have any head for money matters? If yes, please get in touch with me or anyone else on the committee because we really do need you.

Saturday 2nd March is our McLaughlin Address. Remember that in March the McLaughlin Address, one of major events each year, is always held down at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts.

This year’s speaker is Professor Tanya Evans. Some of you may have met her as she was researching the lives of people connected with the coal mines during the Covid years.

On Saturday 2nd, Tanya will be discussing “Family, Community and Nation: Understanding Identity through the History and Heritage of the Blue Mountains of Australia.”

The talk starts at 10.30. There will be coffee, tea and biscuits for a gold coin donation. Hope to see you there.

On Friday 8th March we are having a Tarella Orientation. Fiona Campbell and Penny Park are going to lead you through Tarella and the Old Kitchen, filling you in on all the details about the house and the McLaughlin family.

At the end of this information session, you are invited to a light lunch – sandwiches so you can take a couple with you if you have to run.

This invite includes those volunteers who would like to enjoy lunch with us too.  Just let Robyne know by Wednesday 6th for catering purposes 0419 985 546 or ridgerobyne@gmail.com

Our next excursion is Wednesday 20 March. The exact destination is still being determined and may change from the one currently advertised on our web site. We will send you more details shortly. You can contact Chris Webber, our excursion organiser, on 0424 720 676 or vakarr@yahoo.com

February’s old news: we have enjoyed two outings. The walking tour of Katoomba with Sue Collins introduced us to the very early years of Katoomba, beginning with the Evans Marker near the Council chambers. It was a very informative morning, history spiced with Sue’s tales. We all enjoyed it despite the rain and finished with a delicious Devonshire tea at the Carrington. Sue runs these trips regularly (and Leura and Mt Victoria too). Contact her at 0410 600 224 or sue@mountainstales.com

Our second outing was a bus excursion, “Powering Blue Mountains” organised by Chris Webber. A misty mountain morning developed into a glorious sunny day. Mount Piper Power Station was overpowering: all that machinery functioning constantly so we can turn the kettle on when we want to. The control Room with its massive array of computers and screens was the most impressive and the gentlemen who ran it answered all our questions.

After a lovely drive across country, glimpsing the silo art at Portland, we lunched at Hampton Halfway House Hotel Motel. The wind turbines there are so huge, dominating the skyline.

Our final two stops were the old Katoomba powerhouse, in Powerhouse Lane, now the home of Blue Mountains Solar and the Carrington, whose chimney dominates the Katoomba skyline.

At the Carrington, Paul Innes gave us a guided tour of the remains of the chimney (now the Carrington Cellars and Deli) and led us outside where he told us more of the Carrington’s history as a provider of electricity to so many mountain streets. Paul’s stories ended an informative and enjoyable day.

Paul’s tours of the entire Carrington are very interesting. Contact him at bmtours99@yahoo.com

Matters General

The other “old News” is that the Society’s research rooms are open each Tuesday and Friday from 10 until 2.  Come along if you want to search out the history of your house. Robyne Ridge and Steve Davis can show you how to do it or, if you are a member, do it for you.

If you want to do other research but are not sure what to do, come along and have a chat. There are many projects which are languishing because there are not enough hours in the day to complete them.

And, if you want to discover your family’s Military History, contact Christine Cramer (Diploma in Family History UTAS, Volunteer Researcher for AWM) 042 999 2445 or cramer1407@gmail.com/


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